It's been months since Peter Capaldi announced his departure from Doctor Who, and then subsequently it was announced that Jodie Whittaker will become the new Doctor — making her the show's first ever female Doctor.
With this major change shaping up the show, there's been recent news that the show is about to transform even more. The BBC has finally revealed who will be replacing Pearl Mackie as the new companion — but this time there's going to be three companions in Season 11.
A Terrific Trio To Accompany Whittaker
After the long wait, it has been confirmed that the rumors are true. Bradley Walsh from ITV's The Chase is the first named companion to accompany Whittaker in #DoctorWho, as he will be playing a character named Graham. Despite a lack of details on Walsh's character so far, the BBC announced two more companions to join Whittaker on her adventures through time and space.
Hollyoaks stars, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, will also stand alongside Whittaker and Walsh in that iconic blue box. Cole is named as the companion Ryan, whereas Gill has been cast to play a companion called Yasmin.
Another Actress Will Star In The Cast
As this exciting news continues to spread across social media, it has also been announced that the well-known actress and singer, Sharon D. Clarke, will also be making regular appearances in upcoming season. Clarke's part in the show has been described as a "returning role," but they are keeping tight lipped as to who she will be playing, or if she will be part of the main TARDIS crew.
In the statement, new showrunner of the series, Chris Chibnall, has expressed that he's excited to welcome the new cast members to the gripping BBC series. In a statement, he said:
"The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show."
Format Change For Season 11
As part of the big reveal on Sunday evening, the BBC confirmed that Doctor Who will face some format changes as part of Chris Chibnall's plans to reform the show. Instead of the new season being made up of the usual 12 episodes, with each being 45 minutes long, Season 11 will consist of 10 episodes with a run time of 50 minutes.
On the other hand, there's also some bad news. Fans of Doctor Who will unfortunately have to wait until Autumn 2018 to see Season 11 on their screens. But at least the opening episode of Season 11 will be an hour long!
With fans now even more excited for Season 11, it's still a long way off yet. At least fans will still get one more adventure with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor before welcoming Whittaker properly to the show. Capaldi will bow out the show in the final minutes of the festive episode and pass the TARDIS key onto Whittaker.